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Anthony Johnson: “I Was A Different Dude Back Then”

Andrew Ravens

Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson is a complete fighter now compared to his previous run with the UFC. Coming into his fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Johnson looks back on how things are different today compared to back then.

“I’m really giving this thing a run,” Johnson said. “I’m actually taking a chance now at doing the best that I can in this sport and being the best that I can.”

Anthony Johnson (14-4) has 11 knockouts, and 6 decision victories in his MMA career.

“I was a different dude back then,” says Johnson, who was released from the UFC two years ago after failing a third time to make weight and brought back in April. “I didn’t care about nothing. I thought I was the dude, and I wasn’t even the champ. I didn’t take life as serious as I do now.”

Johnson is on a seven fight winning streak, In his last three fights he has beaten Andrei Arlovski via Unanimous decision back in March of 2013, then Mike Kyle via 1st Rd KO in January of this year. Finally, in his last fight, he beat Phil Davis via Unanimous decision at UFC 172. This is a very quick turn around for Johnson, but he has said in the past that he wants to fight frequently and he is certainly getting that in this fight.

“I feel like I aged for the better, for sure,” he says.

Johnson meets Antonio Rogerio Nogueira this Saturday night at UFC on Fox 12 in the co-main event.


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